How to find reliable Cape Town Builders?
Why a page on Cape Town builders in my ExpatCapeTown Guide?
When we moved to Cape Town we had our fair share of experiences with builders. Handymen were disappearing with a huge deposit, poor craftsmanship and so on. You name it, we experienced it.
Currently we are living though another nightmare with Cape Town builders, but more about it later.When you do not know many people and can not fall back on recommended builders or handymen, you are always in for trouble.
When it comes to searching for good trustworthy builders you are really lost when you are new in the city or even country and do not know many people.
Like anywhere else in the world the building trade has to fight back the reputation some unprofessional builders create.
Checklist when contracting builders in Cape Town
• Check with the
Master Builders Association of South Africa
. This is an umbrella organization where you can find registered companies and get recommendations from them. But still check the companies out and get recommendations you follow up.
• Check with the
Western Cape Master Builders Association
whose website is currently being updated.
• Check out the listing of existing/suspended/deregistered Cape Town builders on the website of the
National Homebuilders Registration Council
• Check out the following website with reviews and know what to do in case you want to complain about a company you are unhappy with.
More info here.
• Get quotes from at least three companies. Be careful with companies who come back with requests and quotes only after calling after them.
• Ask friends about builders they trust and see my personal recommendations here:
Highly Recommended Cape Town Building Contractors
My recommendations are no paid advertisements, only references for builders and craftsmen which are tried and approved by ourselves and friends.
We can recommend them and advise you check them out too and let me know about your experiences:-)
This page lists companies we used and trust and promotes their excellent workmanship. I do not put ads on this page, only want to share my experiences with businesses who deliver great services.
So if you are an expat in Cape Town looking for recommendations or live in Cape Town searching for the right guys, try these fabulous companies:
Cape Town Roofing Company
Metro Roofing Contractors: Trained and experienced roofers under the supervision of a very knowledgeable and experienced Australian Roofer. Adam was highly recommended to us by Bluescope Steel, the manufacturers of Australian high quality metal roofing sheets "Colorbond Ultra", which are now more and more being used here in South Africa too for roofing purposes due to the harsh sea climate at the Cape.
Adam, an Australian expat, and his well trained team were very professional, always well organized. You might not want to think about re-roofing your house here, but be aware that metal roofs in this sea climate deteriorate fast and if you have got the wrong roofing sheets, your roof will not last. Our roof showed the first leaks i.e. holes only 5 years after being built. Too late we found out that the 10 year manufacturer's warranty from the previous owners does not cover our seaside area! So be sure to do it right the first time you think about putting a new roof and get the right roofing product and the right guy to put it on.
Metro Roofing is a young growing company and comes highly commended. They are very professional, punctual, reliable, as well as trustworthy and worth the money.
Cape Town Windows and Doors
New Look Window Systems
: Manufacture, supply and fit UPVc windows and doors. Single and Double glazing. This greatly improves security and energy efficiency in your home. They import German Rehau window systems and manufacture them here according to your requirements. They have got over twenty year of experience manufacturing and installing window and door systems.
This growing company comes highly commended. These Cape Town builders are very professional, punctual, reliable, as well as trustworthy and hey, they clean up constantly after their work. German spoken.
Cape Town Solar Panels
: Manufacture, Supply and Solar Collectors, Solar Geysers and Solar Water Heating Systems.
Helmut Hertzog and his company are putting a lot of effort in getting their jobs done quickly and efficiently. The company has grown quite a lot over the last three years and the workmanship and expertise is good.
Cape Town Carpenter
Swiss Line Design
: Strucural Timberwork, roof conversions, stairways, balustrades, decking, joinery and design.
This company is led by experienced Swiss Master Carpenter Marc Luedi who we recommend for his excellent workmanship. He and his team are very knowledgeable and professional and create individual designs for you. These Cape Town builders come highly recommended from many expats living in Cape Town too.
Cape Town Plumbers
Well, that is a whole different chapter. Be sure to keep an eye on them and query constantly what they do. The new Consumer Protection Act, which was implemented in April 2011, gives you more leverage and you can challenge shabby work more easily.
Currently we are experiencing what many Cape Town house owners experience here. Leaking water pipes! Often you will notice bad piping work only when damage is done. As the quality of copper pipes used in the last ten years seems to have deteriorated, the quality of the Cape Water, coming from certain reservoirs, seems to be affecting the pipes too - we were told by several plumbers and leak detectors - and the wrong cement mix also negatively affect the water pipes.
Well, we found out that our house which is only 10 years old, was build with the lowest quality copper pipes you can get in South Africa. So leaks appeared almost everywhere over the last months and quite some damage is done to the ceilings, floors etc. When we thought we are done fixing one leak, a new one appeared. So we are currently re-piping the whole house and you might imagine the fun that brings;)
Recommendations of good Cape Town plumbers? We have used several plumbing companies in the recent years for various purposes and are the current company we use for re-piping seems to be finally the one to go with. I will keep you posted when the work is completed and then I can hopefully recommend a good plumber for you too!
So now it is up to you:-)
My recommendations of these Cape Town Builders are no guarantees and not paid for, we just were really happy with these guys and trust you will be satisfied too. If you have had contrary experiences please let me know. I only mention businesses with genuine references which go the extra mile for their clients!
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